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NIMBA Mask from Guinea

A carved wooden model headdress or Nimba, of the d'mba form found among the Baga people of Guinea. Headdresses of this type were worn over the shoulders by a dancer during wedding and harvest celebrations. The heavy masks obscured the dancer's face, and were accompanied by a large raffia costume. The stylized female form represents motherhood and femininity, the pendant breasts indicating the nursing of many children.This is a reduced size version of a Nimba mask. This is a smaller sized version.